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PLO officials in Syria fail to enter Yarmouk camp
Published Monday 13/01/2014 (updated) 14/01/2014 12:13
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DAMASCUS (Ma'an) -- Head of the PLO delegation to Syria Ahmad al-Majdalani said that Islamist militants opened fire at an aid envoy on its way to a besieged refugee camp near Damascus.

Al-Majdalani said in statement that meetings would be held with Syrian and Palestinian officials to discuss the next steps, and another delegation will be sent to the camp Tuesday.

Fatah leader in Syria Adnan Ibrahim said he managed to enter the camp with several trucks of supplies from al-Sabina area but they were fired upon heavily and had to withdraw without distributing supplies.

The attack came a day after attempts to transfer relief supplies were similarly thwarted due to fighting at the entrance of the camp.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told Ma'an on Sunday, "There is profound civilian suffering in Yarmouk with widespread incidence of malnutrition and the absence of medical care, including for those who have severe conflict-related injuries, and including for women in childbirth, with fatal consequences for some women."

"The unending armed conflict brings death and inflicts serious injuries on Yarmouk residents in addition to the extreme deprivation of living a trapped existence," he added.

"I emphasize that the imperative remains that Syrian authorities and other parties must allow and facilitate safe and open humanitarian access into Yarmouk to enable us to assist civilians trapped there."

On Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that 41 Palestinians had died so far as a result of food and medicine shortages.

After rebels seized control of Yarmouk in December 2012, the camp became embroiled in the armed fighting taking place across Syria and came under heavy regime assault.

Regime forces eventually encircled the camp and in July imposed a siege on the camp, leading to a rapid deterioration of living conditions.

Fatah leader Abbas Zaki told Ma'an in October that Yarmouk's population of 250,000 had dwindled to 18,000 after two and a half years of conflict in Syria.

The Syrian conflict, which began as peaceful protests in March 2011 but developed into a civil war, has killed more than 130,000 people and prompted millions to flee their homes.

More than 760,000 Palestinians -- estimated today to number 4.8 million with their descendants -- were pushed into exile or driven out of their homes in the conflict surrounding Israel's creation in 1948.
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1 ) shirley / australia
13/01/2014 22:48
why didnt they just stay there what are these cowrads when ever will fatah and the pa especially abass ever stand up like hamas and fight shame on them for leaving and abaondon and how do you know it was islamists if assad can drop bombs on yarmouk and elsewhere why not drop food parcels this is to demanize rebels the syrian army has the camp surrounded

2 ) Dimi / Germany
14/01/2014 10:04
The first step of reconcialation could be to send 1ooo fighters (hamas/PA) to to liberate Yarmouk camp avoiding the death of innocent Palestinians. I am convinced Assad forces would not only lt let the fighters in, they would fight side at side to stop the criminal militants. Those you would do that job are in my view real heroes and brave Palestinians.
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